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around the table quickly. can he get something like that done? >> if the fiscal cliff process that he is involved in does not poison his relationship with the republicans in congress, perhaps. but if things get very bad now with the republicans in congress, maybe not. >> o'donnell: joe? >> i think one of the clearest lessons from the last election was the republicans have to begin to deal with the growing latino community in this country, and that there will be plenty of respects ready to vote for immigration reform. >> o'donnell: and, michael, the president always said today he is going to put his full weight behind some gun measures that would keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. can that pass? >> i don't know. one of the most interesting public opinion trends in the last decades is support in america for gun rights and same-sex marriage has increased, about the same rate, about 16 points in about eight years. it's really interesting. >> very libertarian. >> exactly. >> neither democrats or republicans take those tricks there. it's a libertarian streak in the public. that
this so-called fiscal cliff? >> that's a really good question. it's one of the reasons i'm pretty excited about the fact we already acted. we acted several months ago to extend the tax cuts for all americans. we don't have to go over the cliff. there is a piece of legislation that has passed house, which is good-- >> schieffer: well, craig shirley, who is a republican operative tauthor, observer, was quoted as saying if we were in a parliamentary system, what happened to speaker boehner would have been viewed as a vote of no confidence. do you think speaker boehner ought to step aside and let somebody else try to get this done? >> speaker boehner will be the speaker next year, without any question. the onus right now is on senator reid and the president to come up with a solution, make it a piece of legislation, pass it through the senate, present it to the house, and let's get back to the bargaining table. the american people deserve for both houses to do something and ask the president to sign it. >> schieffer: well, are you saying that the house, speaker boehner, should take no respons
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